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Bail raised for teen charged in West End home invasion

February 27, 2012|By DON AINES | dona@herald-mail.com
  • Curtis Eugene Evans
Curtis Eugene Evans

HAGERSTOWN — A 17-year-old charged as an adult in a home invasion Sunday in Hagerstown had his bail raised from $175,000 to $500,000 during a bond review hearing Monday in Washington County District Court.

Several witnesses identified Curtis Eugene Evans, of 916 Lanvale St., as the person armed with a handgun in the home invasion by seven or more males shortly before 2 a.m. Sunday at 934 Main Ave., according to the statement of probable cause filed by Hagerstown police.

Evans is charged by the Hagerstown Police Department with three counts each of first- and second-degree assault and reckless endangerment, as well as single counts of first-, third- and fourth-degree burglary, possession of a firearm by a minor, use of a firearm in a crime of violence, carrying a handgun and discharging a firearm in city limits.

Evans has twice been found delinquent in juvenile court, including once for second-degree assault, Deputy State’s Attorney Joseph Michael told Judge Dana Moylan Wright. Because of that, Evans is prohibited from possessing a firearm until he is 30 years old, Michael said.

Michael told Wright other juveniles face charges for the home invasion.

When police arrived, they found evidence of an altercation in the house and the first-floor bathroom door off its hinges, the charging document said. There was blood in the bathroom and what appeared to be a bullet hole above the toilet, the document said.

Three males went to 934 Main Ave. to purchase marijuana from a male who was known to three females in the house as Curtis Evans, the charging document said. The three males then went into the bathroom to smoke the marijuana, the document said.

While in the bathroom, the three males heard a commotion, the charging document said. One opened the door and was hit in the head by an unknown object, the document said.

Evans ripped the door off its hinges and pointed the gun at the three males in the bathroom, hitting one of them in the face two or three times with the gun, the charging document said.

Evans demanded they strip off their clothing because someone had “ripped him off,” the charging document said. One of the males in the bathroom ran from the house and told police he heard a gunshot as he fled, the document said.

One of the females in the house said she answered a knock at the door, expecting it to be the mother of an infant in the house, the charging document said. Instead, it was Evans and a group of other males who forced their way inside, the document said.

None of the males in the bathroom was shot, but they did sustain injuries from being hit with the pistol or being assaulted by those with Evans, the charging document said.

Evans was taken into custody at his home at about 8 a.m., police said Sunday.

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